Things a Visitor to My Country Should Know to Avoid Intercultural Misunderstandings

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My country is NIGERIA, which is in the African Continent. It is the most populous country in Africa and the largest country in West Africa, with its capital in a city called Abuja . Nigeria has different ethnic groups, diverse ethnic languages and is rich in cultures and traditions. Each year, so many visitors from all over the world come to Nigeria for vacation. There are so many natural landscapes and sites to visit. However, visitors to Nigeria should beware of the difference in lifestyles and cultural attributions that exist in Nigeria as to avoid any intercultural misunderstandings. One of the most important things a visitor to Nigeria should know is that there are different ethnic groups and they have their own languages. Though English is the official language, it should not be surprising to visitors that not everyone they meet can express themselves in English. Visitors should not be embarrassed when they hear people speak languages other than English. It is established that most people in my country tend to be very friendly to visitors or foreigners; they are always happy and willing to help them find their feet in a strange environment. It is important that people visiting my country should know this so they will not misinterpret the friendliness as encroaching into their personal space. In Nigeria, there are strong emphasis on traditions and customs. These traditions and customs vary according to ethnic groups. Visitors should know this and they should also know that what works in one ethnic group might not work in another. Worth noting is the fact that people in different ethnic groups expect visitors to adapt to their own way of life or their traditions irrespective of where they are from. Thus the saying that "You behave like Romans when you go to Rome” is applicable here. Different ethnic traditions demand different ways of doing things. In some regions, certain foods that are eaten everywhere else in the world might be considered taboo in some...
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